The Walking with Africans Foundation (WAF) main objective is to alleviate poverty among the rural poor.
We seek to empower our members to raise their living standards by establishing their own small business enterprises. Through microfinance, WAF has been cultivating a culture of savings and financial independence in one of the poorest and semi-arid regions of Kenya.
The cornerstone of our mission is “harambe,” which in Swahili means “working together in unity” or “pulling together.” Our role goes beyond simple loan provision. By organizing participants into peer groups that draw on the strong bonds of African community life, WAF also strives to promote collective action for community development that includes fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic through prevention, testing and treatment.
We work in cooperation with our partner organization, Efforts of the Poor in Development (EPID-Kenya), a local Kenyan non-governmental organization (NGO). Together, we launched a successful pilot program in the rural town of Kibwezi in 2009. We began with 2 peer groups and 41 members and have steadily grown over three years to 6 peer groups with a total of 120 members! Be part of our journey and help make a difference!